Sponsored by a friend of  McKee Botanical Garden

Patrick Dougherty, internationally acclaimed artist, is known throughout the world for his intriguing, one-of-a-kind creations that transform trees and twigs into functional, extraordinary works of art.

Dougherty’s nature-based structures are intended to interact with their surroundings, adding elements of whimsy and visual energy to familiar settings.  Each installation is unique and temporary in its design, built from natural materials that eventually breakdown and become part of the landscape once again.

On January 6, 2016, Patrick, his full-time assistant, McKee horticulture staff member, Rebeca Siplak, a team of local and out-of-state volunteers, and several other McKee staff members began building this large-scale ‘Stickwork’ sculpture, which has been named “The Royals”.  “I wanted to create something “royal” that would blend in with McKee’s natural surroundings within the Royal Palm Grove”, stated Patrick.

Local volunteers and some from as far away as Cape Cod, MA signed up for four hour shifts to work closely with “The Stickman”.  For three weeks Patrick and his dedicated team of volunteers worked tirelessly bending, lifting, climbing scaffolding, weaving, trimming, and shaping the willow branches despite numerous days of inclement weather.  On January 24, the masterpiece was completed and will remain on-site at McKee until nature and time cause it to breakdown.

Patrick is extremely conscientious about environmental stewardship and hopes that his work will inspire others to care as well. No trees are killed outright in creating this sculpture.  The saplings are cut in such a way that they will all re-grow, much as they would after pruning. The sticks for the sculpture come from a willow farm,  A.A. Willow in Fredonia, NY, where the stumps will re-grow again and again to reproduce more saplings.  When Patrick harvests in the wild, it is always done in areas where the sticks would be cut anyway, such as under power lines, or along highway right of ways; sometimes where a forest needs to be thinned because the undergrowth is too thick and not all the small trees can survive that way.


Special Thanks to all of the volunteers who assisted Patrick in building  “The Royals”.

Janet Andes
Marvin Bilheimer
Allison Blomer
Donna Blumenthal
Joel Blumenthal
Pam Burton
Karen Button
Shelly Caldwell
Joan Cartwright
Lisa Clark
Allie Comer
Nancy Crawley
Daniel DeCosa
Verlande Derrise
Patricia Dougherty
Tyler Ellis
John Eshleman
Penny Eshleman
Betty Fallon
Dan Fallon
Paula Finlinger
Marty Friberg
Kevin Gaddy
Julie Garber
Sallie Gibson
Susan Giles
Craig Hanley
Cathy D. Heeter
Edith Hendry
Natalie Holtom
Lola Hunter
Natalie Jackson
Maureen James
Jeanne Jessup
Gloria Johnson
Robert Joy
Allison Kendall
Orin G. Kendall
Teresa Kendall
Lily Kane
Linda Kennett
Jean Knoesen
Helena Krasa
Brian Lange
Leontine LaPointe
Steve LaPaugh
David LaSalle
Patricia Lavinio
Stephen J. Lavinio
Linda Lemay
Suzanne L. Liggett
Lisa Lugo
Lauri McAuliffe
Sheila McAvoy
Joe McCarthy
Deirdre McDonagh
Colleen McDonough
Lori McGowan
Sam Morgan
Debi Osburn
Irena Patrick
Linda Patterson
Karen Penney
Brandon Perdomo
Sally Polk
Judith Proud
Darlene Redfoot
Danielle Reuter
Linda Richman
Pam Schlamowitz
Jay Schoff
Jane Sease
Daniel Shannon
Susan Schuyler Smith
Art Schreier
Judith Schreier
Pam Sommers
Ray Spiess
Jinty Stewart
Kathy Sullivan
Carolyn Timmerman
Margie S. Wagner
Meg Wenzel
Susan Wheeler
Carol White
John White
Ryan Winter
Mary Wolonowski
Marica Zimmerman

Thanks to Hampton Inn & Suites for accommodating Patrick during his stay and to Aiello Landscape for their help unloading the truckload of saplings.

General admission rates apply. For information on Stickwork, please call 772-794-0601.

350 US Highway 1. Vero Beach, FL 32962
Telephone (772) 794-0601
McKee Botanical Garden